The Taylor family history with ’67-72 Chevys and GMCs goes all the way back to when the line was in its infancy, when Todd Taylor’s father, who was in the service station business, purchased a brand new ’68 GMC. Some years later, when Todd’s brother turned the ripe old age of fifteen, the truck was handed down to him. He drove it every day to high school and ’round town and all these years later, he’s still got it. That was the initial spark that turned young Todd on to vintage pickups, and a few years later when he was of legal driving age, he also received a pickup as his first car, a ’67 C10 stepside.
Fast forward some years later, Todd and his wife Tammy were out enjoying the Virginia countryside on a Labor Day motorcycle ride when he spotted a ’67 C10 sitting in a yard with a for sale sign in the window. Not one to pass up on a good potential pickup project, the Taylor’s stopped off to check it out. As Todd puts it, “it was okay, with a few suspension issues, springs heated and smashed but nothing I hadn’t encountered before.” The sheetmetal, however, left little to be desired, Todd described, “only one cab corner you could throw a cat through.”
But out of the corner of his eye, Todd spots another truck in an opened garage that was also for sale, albeit with a larger price tag attached. After crawling under it for a few minutes, it turned out to be the most solid cab he’d ever found. A deal was struck and handshakes were shared and soon the solid ’67 was in Todd and Tammy’s Kentucky garage.
Todd overhauled the truck as needed and proceeded to use it as his daily driver over the course of the next two years, sorting out the stance and various incidentals in the meantime. But, as these things can go, it soon turned into a full-blown build.
Classic Performance Products provided the necessary components to get the Stepside nice and low, 4-inch drop springs out back and 2-inch drop springs coupled with Belltech 2½-inch dropped spindles. Summit Racing cross drilled disc brakes provide the stopping power up front while the stock Chevy drums were retained out back, powered by a Tuff Stuff master cylinder. A tilt steering column was lifted from a ’76 Chevy van and mated to a ’78 Chevy power steering box. CPP sway bars ensure the pickup hugs the road nice and tight. Todd finished off the rolling accoutrement by mounting Cragar Eliminator wheels (17x9 and 17x8) shod in Nitto rubber at all four corners.
Powering the C10 is a warmed over 283ci small-block Chevy powered by Edelbrock with a Performer induction system and valvetrain. A Tuff Stuff water pump and alternator ensure miles of reliable running, while a Ron Davis aluminum radiator provides constant cooling power. Speedway Tru Ram headers send the exhaust out back through Flowmaster 44 mufflers. To top off the chrome and polished beauty sits a black as night Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop air cleaner.
With the mechanical aspects of the build spoken for, it was off to Bud Robbins’ Wise, Virginia, shop where the meticulous task of completing the paint and bodywork was achieved. Bud installed the Goodmark cowl hood and filled the bed stake pockets before knocking the body panels nice and smooth and shooting the PPG Black paint. While the exterior of the truck was kept in mostly stock guise, Todd did add a few personal touches such as the ’66 Chevelle side mirrors and ’56 Chevy truck taillights.
To wrap up the project, Bud wired the truck using an American Autowire kit to tie together the AutoMeter Phantom gauges, Southern Air A/C unit, and the Pioneer/Kicker stereo to the rest of the electrical system. A combination of red and black houndstooth and similarly colored leather and carpet was used throughout the interior from Dave’s Truck Parts and installed by Bud, accompanied by a pair of billet No Limit black wrinkle painted glovebox and gauge panel inserts and a ’67 Chevelle steering wheel.
We were lucky enough to catch Todd out on one of his first outings at the Street Rod Nats in Louisville and it was obvious that he was enjoying his freshly-finished C10, even after all these years of owning classic trucks. Being a self described ‘lifer’ when it comes to old trucks, Todd says it wouldn’t be possible without the love and support from his wife and kids as well as his buddies Tom Collins, Jordan “Bubba” Gunner, and Bud Robbins. CCT